Assessment and feedback

On Tuesday we had our second teaching and learning online session. At this time Jigsaw method was not new anymore so it was easier to get started and I think all the learning session was somehow more natural than the first session 2 weeks ago. I really like all groups teaching sessions and especially it was great and interesting to see how different methods of teaching all groups were using. That’s definitely one of the most important part of this program, to get familiar with wide range of teaching tools and methods.

In this session, we had specific topics, all of them covered assessment and feedback from different aspects. Obviously assessment is one the most difficult thing in a teacher’s job, as our tutor Janne highlighted. It was really worth to spent whole session to get more understanding of that challenging issue.

Our group was lucky number one and we started online sessions, our topic was:

What are the goals and intended outcomes of assessment and feedback in vocational education?

We started to prepare this couple of weeks before and we met several times during last week before session. I realized that I was a bit lost about this topic in the beginning. Since I don’t have teaching experience from some school institutions I was not familiar at all about terminology and certain concepts. As coach/trainer in private sector assessment and evaluation is done differently. Usually main goal is to improve sales or customer service, therefore, methods of evaluating are totally different. Also in a coaching business it means a lot if clients are willing to buy more coaching in a future. So in a way or another assessment is closely linked to the sales.

So we started to gather information about assessment and feedback. It is good that we have a group of people with different backgrounds and experience, it was interesting to share thoughts and opinions about assessment and feedback. This time it was really me, who really had to read and get information in order to get basic understanding of assessment.

Besides the topic itself we put a lot effort to think about what kind of teaching method we are going to use at this time. In this course goals are to try as many methods as possible. We felt that it is necessary to give some introduction of the topic in the beginning, and this time we made 2 videos by using powtoon. Idea came from Satu, she has used powtoon before.

First video is about goals of assessment and second one about feedback.  

Watch video first video


Second video: goals and intended outcomes of giving feedback

We also created thinklink board:


After all we did not use thinglink tool in actual teaching session. We try to use it in a rehearsal but found out that with Adobe Connet you cannot share it on the screen in away that links would works also, only way would have been that all students open the link in a separe window, we thought there is no value to use it so, maybe next time if content and situation are different.

Introduction to the topic
Short video about aims of assessment
Topic of assessment
Discussion and questions about assessment
Short video about aims of feedback
Topic of feedback
Discussion and questions about feedback
Feedback and reflection of the session
Second topic of the session  was:

What are the regulations and principles that outline the methods and principles of assessment in vocational education and higher education?

This 30 minutes session was given by Virpi. I think Virpis group had done really good job, especially the pretask and how they utilized it during the online session, in a really effective way. In a pretask they asked students to share own experiences of asessement. They gave us a padlet board to write down our stories.

It is there:

Based on our answers they created challenges and problems for us to solve. We got few minutes to think about solutions and then we shared and talked about issues. It was good way to teach by using problems created our selves. So far I felt this was propably the best pretask of this module.  I learned many concrete ways how to share assessesment criterias with students.

Link to the second padlet:

3. What is the difference of assessing competence and assessing learning process?

In this session we got a of lot information about the subject.

Nice  prezi presentation can be found here:

Link to the self assessment of learning process:

One really good and memorable moment was when discussed about case Pekka. Pekka was fictional student and we were asked how would we assess Pekka?


At first, I felt this is quite difficult session and I needed some time to think about this. But after all, we found out that there is several methods how a teacher could really assess Pekka and encourage and improve his learning process. All different methods that promote individual learning prosess might be worth to try with Pekka.

4. What are the most common assessment methods, how do they work and differ from each other?

Before this session I expected to learn different assessment methods, somehow this topic could have been the first topic of the day. This session was prepared by blue blue group. I think we were all quite eager about the teaching tool. Blue group had chosen to use Group Zap board which is nice tool to brainstorm and document your thoughts.

Link to the Group Zap board:

How to work with Group Zap:


For me assessment methods were most interesting part, as I think it is good to have as many in your pocket. You can check above board and Zoom to see different methods in boxes 2 and 3 by cliking this link. Interesting note was that that assessment methods we did not like that much were anyway most common ones based on our on experiences. In our opinion we would have liked to get more formative assessment instead of summative.

Even this was totally new tools, it did not take long to get familiar with it and instead of concentrating on the tool itsell we managed to cover the core substance of the topic of the session.








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